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    Softened Well Water........

    I'd tap into the water before the Softener system, and plug in a nice big RO system. www.bulkreefsupply.com has what you need.
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    Watered Down Wort

    I recommend that you do NOT use 2.5 lbs of dextrose during bottling, but if you do, please...... take video. Time lapse or motion detection preferred. :rockin:
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    Ice cold distilled water to rapid chill wort??

    Next time - try sitting your boil pot in a sink or tub full of ice, whirlpool it for a few seconds while it's still steaming hot. After about 5 minutes, you will drop temp - and then try dumping in your chilled top off water. I'll bet you're seeing closer to 60 degrees and pitching yeast in no time.
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    Anyone use a fox run grain mill?

    I just got one of these off ebay - it does have 3 knurled steel rollers, and an adjustable gap. It's not anything more than a modded pasta mill - but for $39 + shipping it was a deal. I doubt it will last forever, but then again, it doesn't have to.
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    Mash pH

    The wiki link above is some good reading. It also helped me to watch some of Kaiser's videos on Youtube and read up on his wiki site - www.Braukaiser.com This particular article gave me some good focus on mash pH: http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Mash_pH_control Good luck...
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    3 Beers, 2 Brewers, Same Long Bitter Flavor at the End

    Sounds reasonable - but I'd want to see you use a charcoal filter and/or campden tablets and let your tap water sit out in an open container overnight before diluting it. I think Chlorine is causing the bad aftertaste you're getting.
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    WTB - Conical Fermenter for 20 Gal Batches

    No practical experience with anything that big, but I've noticed that my 14 gallon Blichmann runs about 3-4 degrees hotter in my "cool room" than what my 6 gallon Better Bottles did when actively fermenting. Do you have a plan for keeping these cool?
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    overgrained

    OK- here's my shot at a guess. I'm assuming that you just kind of "winged it" with coming up with a recipe for your IPA. I Haven't heard of any IPA's using torrified wheat or Special Roast as added specialty grains. Even the 1 lb of added Crystal malt like Caramel 40 is probably a bit too...
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    overgrained

    Yeast eat sugars, not "grains". Grains are mashed to allow enzymes to convert starches into sugars. What was your process? Did you just steep these addtional grains ? At what temperature & for how long? Have you checked your current gravity? How long ago did you brew this beer?
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    overgrained

    If your beer wasn't done fermenting, moving it into a secondary was probably a mistake. Explain how you determined that your beer might have been "overgrained" -along with your Original Gravity reading, Target Final Gravity when finished (according to the recipe or instructions you used) and...
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    Ideas for improvising a kiln

    Yeah, I seem to remember an Australian guy who rigged up a kiln out of an old used clothes dryer. He even grew his own barley if I remember correctly. Searched up YouTube and found this: and this...
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    if 90% are extract brewing. why the sudden rush to all grain ?

    I wouldn't argue the 90% number too hard as in a total number of homebrewers. Think how many people out there got a Mr. Beer kit as a gift at some point in time. They might only make 5 gallons a year, but they would make a large % of the homebrewing world. Now, if you're going to measure...
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    Wort chilling when a chiller can't be used ?

    Here's how I got around the "not chiller friendly" faucet head in my kitchen - cost me @ $5 at the local hardware store. I just cut off the "shower head" and connected to my chiller with a hose clamp:
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    Terrible Efficiency yet again, please help

    Water chemistry can be real important if you're using tap water & doing all grain. Search here in HBT for how to get a Ward's Laboratory report on your water if you want to know what you're starting with. At the very least, do some reading over at Kaiser's site...
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    Direc TV

    They broadcast tv signals over the air in HD ya know. Cost per year is zero. I don't know how far out in the sticks you are, but I'm about 20 miles from the nearest big city and I still get like 30 digital channels. Not getting ESPN sucks, but having an extra $500 a year to spend on something...
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